Also , my high school years introduced me to the most positively influential teacher I have ever known : Herb Teat
, my high school choral director.I graduated from Longview High School in 1962 , worked for my father for a couple of years as an office assistant in his petroleum engineering consultancy , and then finally entered first North Texas State University in Denton , and then Texas Christian University in Fort Worth , where I studied child psychology and music education ( voice ) for two years
.Next I ran a summer and holiday travel camp for junior high age boys for three years , traveling all over the American West backpacking , taking horseback pack trips , raft trips down raging rivers , and generally exposing young teen boys to challenging , educational life experiences which they had never had before.
From 1969 until 1982 I worked as a professional counselor and social worker at programs for emotionally , physically , and sexually abused children.And it was during this time that I completed my college education by studying nights at Hispanic International University's University
Without Walls program in Houston , Texas , under the auspices of Antioch College of Yellow Springs , Ohio
.And in 1976 I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work with an additional major in Journalism...and I could have had a third major in Music , but three majors were not allowed.
...This is the amazing Herb Teat , my choir director at Central High School in Longview , Texas , circa 1959-1962
overcame polio as a teenager to go on to become a drum major at college and a famed choral director.But he
is much , much more : Truly , I never learned as much about life from another teacher as I did from Herb
, you are fantastic.God Bless You!.Herb
now lives in the Waco , Texas , area where he
is raising his
son from his
second marriage , Timmy.
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